Max specialises in designing, delivering and evaluating community engagement processes using the Appreciative Inquiry method and he also loves jammin' with his band .....

Max's Bio
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Since joining Twyfords in 1997 Max helped establish the International Association for Public Participation Australasia.  With a particular interest in Deliberative Democracy and Appreciative Inquiry, he has developed innovative models for community engagement covering a range of projects, including those with a social planning emphasis as well as infrastructure/natural resources management projects.


In 2005 Max played a major role in the preparation of the "Brisbane Declaration on Engaging Communities" which was presented to the United Nations.


In 2007 at a ceremony in Arizona, USA Max along with the ACT Disability Advisory Council was awarded the IAP2 (International) Award for "Project of the Year" for the design and implementation of the Challenge 2014 Project.


In 2009 Max co-facilitated Australia's first Citizens' Parliament at Old Parliament House, Canberra and in 2010 he co-designed and co-facilitated the Premier's Growth Management Summit in Brisbane.


More recently Max has been involved in building capacity for partnership approaches in the challenging area of Primary Health Care in Queensland.


Max is also a guest lecturer at Sydney and Western Sydney Universities, a guest speaker on ABC Radio Illawarra and a member of the Research Committee for newDemocracy, an independent, non-partisan research organisation aiming to identify improvements to our democratic process.